Jim Engster

Host

Every weekday Jim engages listeners with compelling discussions ranging from presidential and gubernatorial campaigns to LSU football and the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Isaac.

Jim serves as president of the Louisiana Radio Network and Tiger Rag Magazine. He's hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003 and The Jim Engster Show on the Louisiana Radio Network, previously on WRKF.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Jim has interviewed nine Louisiana governors and has reported on every gubernatorial election since 1975. He has also shared the microphone with leaders of other states including Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Jerry Brown of California and Jesse Ventura of Minnesota.

Writers Ernest Gaines, Rex Reed and Immaculee’ Ilabagiza and two actresses who spent much of their youth in the Baton Rouge area---Debbie Allen and Lynn Whitfield -- are some of Jim’s favorite interviewees.

Ways to Connect

Dr. Craig Freeman, LSU Manship School Media Law & Ethics Professor talks with Jim about his return to LPB to host "Public Square."

Fabled political consultant Gus Weill gives his take on what to expect from both presidential candidates on the final thirty-one days left in the race for the White House.

Bill Bryan and Joseph Recapito stop by the studio to discuss Columbus Day and the influence of the Italian Community in Baton Rouge.


Former Green Party Presidential nominee Rap Nader talks with Jim about his impression of the first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney, and he promotes his new book "The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future."

Richard Torregano, 6th District candidate who's challenging Bill Cassidy for a seat in Congress chats with Jim about his plans for the future if he's elected.

Also, Renee Chatelain from the Manship Theater talks with Jim about news and updates concerning the fabulous LSU theater.


From Southern Media & Opinion Research, pollster Bernie Pinsonat is out with a new survery on Louisiana and national politics, and he discusses with Jim the surprisingly close race in Louisiana between President Obama and Gov. Romney.

Also, Rev. Raymond Jetson joins Jim in the studio to talk about his church and upcoming summit. 


Michael Grunwald, Senior National Correspondent for Time Magazine talks with Jim about his new book "The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era".

Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General under President Clinton, talks with Jim about the AIDS virus and how New Orleans and Baton Rouge are among the top three cities in the U.S. in the rate of transmission.


Jim talks with Libertarian candidate for the 6th Congressional district, Rufus Craig, who is challenging Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy.


Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson talks with Jim about the upcoming election.

LSU Sociologist and Demographer Troy Blanchard joins Jim in the studio to discuss where the 1% live in Baton Rouge and which metro area in Louisiana is the richest.

Claire Peterson from Westdale Middle School talks about the outstanding happenings with her school including its Spanish Immersion Program.


Dr. Albert Samuels discusses the many aspects  surrounding the Presidential election, the upcoming Mayoral debate between Holden and Walker, as well as presidential politics in general.

Southern University law professor Gail Stephenson joins Jim to discuss her new column "Gail's Grammar" and the ever confusing lawyer speak "Legalese".


Jim catches up with former Gov. Edwin Edwards. The 85-year-old was released from prison last year and is now planning on having a baby with his young wife. 

Maria Goodavage, author of "Soldier Dogs", reports on the military dogs being used in Afghanistan. 

And, Peggy Polk, President of Project Purr, talks about saving felines in Baton Rouge. 


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